Writer: Brian M Conley, Sean Decker, Nathan Ives (Screenplay)
Starring: Mischa Barton, Tracie Thoms, Bailey Anne Borders, Jackson Davis, Kareem J Grimes, Maria Volk, Sarah Nicklin, Jessica Sonneborn, Cayleb Long
Plot: A seemingly innocent man is abducted by a notorious L.A. serial killer, who forces his victims to switch roles with him so that he can enact his own capture, torture and murder.
Tagline – Two Men. Twelve Personalities. One Living Hell.
Runtime: 1 Hour 22 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Not as Intense as it Should be
Story: The Basement starts when Craig (Long) running a quick job for his wife Kelly (Barton) gets abducted by a notorious serial killer Bill (Davis) who puts Craig through a tortious night, with his split personality coming through on each different interaction.
Craig does try to figure out just what is on the mind of the killer, learning to adapt to each interaction each one revealing more to the true story about Bill, but will he make it out alive?
Thoughts on The Basement
Characters – Craig is the famous guitarist that is abducted by the serial killer, trapped in the middle of the game, he is left to try and stay one step ahead of the story being told, where he is forced to play a part of. We do learn from his wife who is searching for him that he has done wrong in the past, but does seem to be on the straight steady line now. Bill is the serial killer with split personalities, he puts his victims through an ordeal which will test their own sanity, each character is different which helps us understand his darker side. Kelly is the wife of Craig that is worried that he has gone missing believing he has fallen off the wagon again, most of her work is wondering just where her husband is though.
Performances – Cayleb Long in the leading role does struggle to make a big impact in this film, we don’t truly feel the peril he finds his character in, with his interactions never feel intense enough. Jackson Davis on the other hand is the highlight of the film, he keeps us on edge to what he will make his character do next. Mischa Barton is the biggest name in the film, though she doesn’t really have much to do throughout the film.
Story – The story here follows a serial killer that is putting his latest victim through a series of twisted characters, think ‘Split’ with a cohesive series of characters other than random ones we get through that film. This does bottle down to a series of interactions between the main two actors, which could and should be edge of your seat intensity, though it falls short between the two. The side of the story following the wife also gets tiresome because for the most part it does feel pointless compared to what Craig is going through.
Horror – The horror comes from the not knowing just what will happen, the serial killer has a routine he follows, which does have moments of torture, even though he is always in control of the situation.
Settings – The film takes place in two main locations, the basement (well that is the title of the film) which keeps the torture isolated for the night and for some reason Kelly’s sofa where we talk for little to no reason.
Special Effects – The effects for the most part are good practical effects which are saved for when needed.
Final Thoughts – This is a horror thriller that just doesn’t hit the levels of intensity that should do.
Overall: Horror that disappoints to delivery.